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Bachelor of Fine Arts

Single Degree

Programme Type

Full-time

The new offerings from the School of Art, Design and Media, allow each student more flexibility in choosing the subjects that suit their interests and objectives.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Design Art combines three pathways in Interaction Design, Product Design and Visual Communication into an integrated programme in Design.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Media Art combines four pathways in Animation, Game, Filmmaking, and Photography into an integrated programme in Media.

A compulsory 10-week internship stint will be introduced to augment the students’ training. They will have the opportunity to do their internship at top companies, studios and production houses.

Another new feature is an interdisciplinary seminar module which students must complete. It will involve invited practising artists and designers to give talks and share their knowledge, views and insights.

The new offerings from the School of Art, Design and Media, allow each student more flexibility in choosing the subjects that suit their interests and objectives. They can choose from a broad range of courses within and outside their majors for a broad range of knowledge and expertise necessary in an increasingly competitive industry.

 

In addition to the general NTU requirements, all applicants seeking entry to the Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree program at the School of Art, Design and Media are required to prepare and submit the following materials for admission assessment.

 

  1. A Portfolio
  2. A Writing Sample and Personal Statement
  3. Creative Projects
  4. An Observational Drawing

Please refer to the ADM Admission Requirements for specific submission instructions and details.

For BFA in Design Art (DA) or Media Art (MA)

Description AUs Remarks Total AUs
Core Year 1 Common Foundation Studio Modules 12 Compulsory to take what is offered 39
Year 1 Specific Foundation Studio Modules 9
Core Art History Modules 6
Interdisciplinary Seminar 3
Final Year Project (FYP) 9
Major Prescribed Electives (PE) Year 2 Area Specific History 3 To choose where choices are offered 36
Year 2 Art History Module 3 To choose one from choices offered
Major Area Studio / Pathway Electives (Compulsory Major PE) 24 To choose from the list based on the major / pathway chosen by the student
Prescribed Elective Modules 6 To choose from the list of what is offered for that semester. Open to both Design Art and Media Art.
ICC Common Core CC0001 Inquiry & Communication in an Interdisciplinary World 2 To be taken in Year 1, Sem 1 17
CC0002 Navigating the Digital World 2 To be taken in Year 1, Sem 1
CC0003 Ethics & Civics in a Multicultural World 2 To be taken in Year 1, Sem 2
CC0005 Healthy Living & Mental Well-being in an Aging Society 3 To be taken in Year 1, Sem 2
ML0004 Career & Entrepreneurial Development for the Future World 2 To be taken in Year 2, Sem 1
Sustainability: Human, Social, Economic & Environment 3 To be taken in Year 2, Sem 1
Science & Technology for Humanity 3 To be taken in Year 2, Sem 2
ICC Foundational Core DD0000 Writing Narratives for Creative Media 3 To be taken in Year 1, Sem 2 11
Digital Literacy 2 – Basket of courses 3 To be taken in Year 2, Sem 1
DD3022 Professional Attachment (10 Weeks) 5 To be taken in Year 3 Vacation Period (May – Jul)
Broadening and Deepening Electives (BDE) Broadening and Deepening Electives (BDE) 27 ADM students are free to take BDEs from throughout NTU. 27
Total AUs 130

Year One

The normal academic load for ADM students is 15 – 20 AUs per semester. For each semester in Year One, the seven courses comprise the Foundation Studio, Art History and Interdisciplinary Collaborative Core (ICC) courses. All ADM Year One students will be automatically enrolled in the following Foundation courses in 

 

Semester 1

  • DN1001: Foundation Drawing
  • DN1002: Foundation 2D
  • DN1003: Foundation 3D
  • DN1004: Foundation 4D
  • DD1003: Introduction to the Histories of Art I
  • *CC0001: Inquiry & Communication in an Interdisciplinary World
  • CC0002: Navigating the Digital World 

*Note: Pre-requisite: Exempted from Qualifying English Test (QET) or HW0001

The courses DD1003 Introduction to the Histories of Art I and DD1004 Introduction to the Histories of Art II are Core Art History requirements in all majors and are offered during Semesters One and Two respectively. These courses comprise a 2-hour lecture and a 1½-hour tutorial per week. Each course carries 3 AUs.

 

Semester 2

In Semester Two, all students have to register for their courses on their own through the Students Automated Registration Systems (STARS). Students can refer to  Info and Guide (via their STUDENTS INTRANET) for more information on the Step-by-Step Guide on Course Registration.

 

All ADM Year One students will register their Art History, Foundation Core courses dependent on their allocation of Major, as there are two different sets of Foundation courses for Design Art and Media Art respectively and ICC courses. 

For further information, please refer to the ‘Course Registration and Curriculum’ below.

Year Two, Three and Four

All ADM Year 2, 3 and 4 Students will register for their courses using  Student Automated Registration System (STARS). Students will be granted access to STARS based on your Registration Study Year. Students are to check your personalised date and time for registration through Studentlink.

  • The Registration Study Year for registration of courses for Semester One is determined by the following:

    AUs earned to date (after release of previous semester's examination results) > minimum AUs required to be promoted to the next study year

  • The Registration Study Year for registration of courses for Semester Two is determined by the following:

AUs earned to date + AUs registered in the previous semester > minimum AU required to be promoted to the next study year

For the details on the classification of study year, please refer to   Academic Units System (via Student Intranet).

The registration period will be per university-designated times and will follow the standard university process and procedures. Please refer to   NTU Course Registration (via Student Intranet) page for registration information and class schedule: 

*NOTE: Class schedule for courses offered by ADM can be found here.

All Core Compulsory Courses in each Major area will have places reserved for students in the Major area. Students in each Major area are assured of a place in their Core Compulsory Courses. After Major area students have enrolled, the remaining places are open to any ADM student to enroll as a Major Prescribed Elective.

Each course will be capped at a number of places that can be accommodated by the instructor and the facilities.

For Major Prescribed Electives offered by each major area, these courses are open to ANY student from ANY major to enroll. The process for enrolling will follow the standard university process. In NTU, a student in Year Four is allowed access to elective courses first, followed by Year Three, and Year Two. This ensures that students closer to graduation may enroll in the courses necessary to allow them to complete the BFA Degree requirements in 4 years.

Certain exceptions may be made if there is reason to allow a student to enroll in a course even though the class is full. The School will attempt to help students to enroll in the courses needed whenever possible to ensure that each student is able to graduate in 4 years. For special cases, please see the Associate Chair (Academic) or the Assistant Director, Undergraduate Programmes.

*NOTE: Any changes to the class schedule will be notified via the School's website and if necessary, through students' NTU email account.

In addition to their BFA majors, ADM students can choose to complete one of the minors available in the other schools throughout the University. A full list of minor programmes is indicated on the following page in the University's website:

MINOR PROGRAMMES FOR UNDERGRADUATES

Students declare a minor at the beginning of the Academic Year directly to the Office of Academic Services (OAS). Depending on the structure of the minor chosen, a total of 15 or 16 AUs needs to be completed.

Students may use the AUs allocated to GER Unrestricted Electives towards a declared minor. Minor courses are excluded from the S/U option.

* A maximum of ONE (1) GER CORE or GER Prescribed Elective is allowed to be counted towards the Minor in Art History requirement (provided the GER CORE or GER Prescribed Elective is also in the Minor's list of courses). This applies to students admitted in AY2013 onwards.

**ADM students are not allowed to double count the following Art History courses towards the requirements for the BFA and the Minor in Art History.


Compulsory Major Prescribed Elective History courses – ADM students admitted in AY2017 onwards
  • DD2000 Introduction to the Histories of Southeast Asian Art
  • DD2008 Survey of Modern Art 1900 -1945
  • DD2009 Survey of New Media
  • DD3010 Issues in Global Contemporary Art
  • DD3022 Art in the Age of Colonialism
  • DD8008 Faith in Art
  • DD8010 Visualization of Cultural Heritage
  • DD8012 Contemporary Curating
  • DD9014 Introduction to Museum Studies
You can see more details of our minor programmes here.